Inking a Character: Draw-Along with Elena Vitagliano


Elena vitagliano 2 June

Japan House London’s online event series exploring different aspects of drawing manga continues with a one-hour draw-along session introducing the basic steps of inking a character and briefly touching on crosshatching and shadowing.

Professional manga-ka Elena Vitagliano guides participants in the basics of inking, showing them basic techniques and sharing tips on a very important part of drawing manga which can be applied to both pen and paper and digital devices. While drawing along, participants are most welcome to address the artist directly by posing her questions and asking for specific advice.

We invite participants to post their work on social media after the session using the hashtags #japanhouselondon, #manga and #MuseumFromHome and tag Japan House London(@JapanHouseLDN).

This drawing session is open to all levels and makes use of digital drawing, although participants are welcome to use any drawing equipment that they have available at home.

About the artist

Elena Vitagliano is an award-winning Italian comic artist living and working in London. Her work is related to the analysis of human emotions and the meaning of life. Her accomplishments include receiving various Italian illustration awards, being a finalist at Torino Comix 2011, winning the Manga Jiman Competition (organised by the Japanese Embassy in UK) in 2012 and the European Competition ‘Comics for Equality’ in 2013. She won the prestigious Grand Prix Award (first place) in the 8th edition of Silent Manga Audition with the short manga ‘The Cruelest Rule’ about fair play in 2017. Elena also writes articles about manga, holds workshops, and used to host a daily radio show about anime and manga on the online radio platform, Anime Web Radio. A collection of her short stories is going to be published later this year.